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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Trade Books (Aug. 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031024210X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310242109
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 2.7 x 14.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #870,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Atheist-turned-Christian Strobel, with four Gold Medallions and other awards, focuses on rediscovering the real Jesus, whose identity and message have come under attack in recent years. He addresses six major challenges and claims: that a different Jesus is seen in ancient documents that seem as credible as the four canonical gospels; that tampering by the church has damaged the Bible's portrayal of Jesus; that new explanations refute Jesus' resurrection; that Christianity copied pagan religions regarding Jesus; that Jesus didn't fulfill messianic prophecies; and that contemporary people should be able to choose what to believe about Jesus. As with his previous books, Strobel attacks the issues as an investigative journalist, though one with a clear agenda. He searches out experts (including Craig A. Evans and Michael Licona) to refute each objection, offering readers top evangelical scholarship revealed in everyday language while challenging the claims of liberal writers like John Shelby Spong, Bart Ehrman and others. In the end, he says, none of these seemingly daunting challenges turned out to be close calls... they were systematically dismantled by scholars... with facts, logic and evidence. Evangelical readers will come away with deeper understanding of the various arguments about Jesus. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Cymbaluk on July 18 2007
Format: Hardcover
Every year, it is inevitable that Jesus makes the front page of a handful of newspapers or magazines. Passing by the newsstand, many will recognize his face but the majority will wonder why so much attention is being given to a 2,000 year old dead guy. Yet, Jesus still carries enough intrigue that publishers slap his face on their covers. They do not do this out of respect but because they know he helps them sell their products. They are not alone. His life has been unpacked in books by authors, scholars and poets. His story has been used countless times in movies, television shows and theatrical plays.

To be sure, there are a multitude of lives of Jesus out there and everyone, it seems, wants their version to defend their particular point of view. We hear things like, "Jesus would never drive an SUV", "Jesus wants the troops home", or "Jesus affirms all families". While not everyone claims to be religious, no one wants to appear to go against Jesus--just in case.

With so many opinions floating out there in our information age, how does the average person filter out the facts on Jesus from the spurious speculation? Who was Jesus really? This search to discover the real Jesus is not new. Theologians and scholars have been at it for centuries. They have even given it a formal, academic label called the quest for the historical Jesus. Their quest, often inaccessible to the non-scholar, basically seeks to answer the question: who is the real Jesus?

A stimulating and approachable book, The Case for the Real Jesus, investigates an honest, down-to-earth answer to this question. Relying upon his journalism background, he is convinced the truth can take care of itself and leaves no stone unturned. Strobel writes, "Is it possible to find the real Jesus?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Dumitrascu on June 6 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book! It answers alot of questions they dont address in church but should. I have always been someone who has had alot of questions and I have to say that answering tough questions is one of the church's biggest weaknesses. Preaching morals,etc is nice but they should teach apologetics as well. Saying "if you really believed in Jesus you wouldnt need to ask these questions" isnt good enough for me. Im sure those of you who have been raised in the church like I have know that "look" they give you when you ask a question they dont like. And then of course the pious answer that follows which doesnt answer any questions (more than likely because they dont know the answer themselves) but puts you "in your place", ahem! How about we do as Daniel B. Wallace suggests in this book and "Stop treating the Bible with kid gloves." We need to ask tough questions so we can give good, factual, intelligent answers. And thats why books like this are so helpful! :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 22 2010
Format: Hardcover
"So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, 'Truly this was the Son of God!'" -- Matthew 27:54 (NKJV)

I developed an interest in reading this book after hearing Lee Strobel preach at Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a few weeks ago. He presented a lot of background information about Jesus that was new to me, and I decided I wanted to learn more.

I believe that you will gain the most benefit from The Case for the Real Jesus if you first read Lee Strobel's earlier book, The Case for Christ. The facts and arguments in The Case for the Real Jesus are often connected to material in The Case for Christ.

In the interest of helping you figure out if this is a book you want to read, I suggest you begin by taking a look at pages 266-267 where the key issues addressed in the book are summarized.

The book considers these challenges that have been frequently raised in the public press during recent years:

1. "Scholars are uncovering a radically different Jesus in ancient documents just as credible as the four Gospels."

2. "The Bible's portrait of Jesus cannot be trusted because the church tampered with the text."

3. "New explanations have refuted Jesus' resurrection."

4. "Christianity's beliefs about Jesus were copied from pagan religions."

5. "Jesus was an imposter who failed to fulfill the Messianic prophecies."

6. "People should be free to pick and choose what to believe about Jesus.
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